Daily Archives: December 22, 2017


Anandi was born to sing

Portland jazz singer Anandi Gefroh hails from a long line of musicians. Her maternal grandmother, Nina, a classically trained singer, toured with the international production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Her mother, Rachel Faro, is a songwriter and producer, and her father is Nick Gefroh, a veteran jazz drummer and longtime local disc jockey. So…


Get fit ON water

NOTE: New sessions Saturdays, June 30-Aug. 25: Aqua Strength 11:30 am-12:30 pm; Aqua Yoga: 12:30-1:30 pm. oregonjcc.org Yoga, strength-building and swimming have long been popular fitness options. Now you can literally work out ON the water with a floating fitness mat called Glide Fit. The Mittleman Jewish Community Center has purchased the boards and is…


Hillel hosts Interfaith “Friendsgiving”

Pacific Northwest native files report from Colorado college town By David Kravitz The fourth annual “Interfaith Friendsgiving” was hosted by Colorado State University Hillel in partnership with the Geller Center, Lutheran Campus Ministry, Key Communities, Multifaith and Belief Student Council, and Fort Collins Interfaith Council. The Geller Center is a local organization that teaches nonviolent…


Oregon makes a splash at Global Hillel Assembly

PHOTO: Oregon Hillel staff (from left) Loren Murphy, Brittany Lenhart, Rachel Chodorow-Reich and Andy Gitelson accept the Hillel International Campus Partner of the Year award on behalf of Oregon Hillel.   Oregon and Greater Portland Hillel representatives were among the more than 1,100 Hillel professionals, partners and stakeholders who gathered in Denver Dec. 4-7 for…


Russian tea tasty for patrons, nostalgic for chef

A little over a year ago, award-winning chef Vitaly Paley took the reins at the Heathman Hotel. He transformed its dining room into Headwaters, a Pacific Northwest seafood- focused restaurant. The Belarus-born Vitaly had a particularly intriguing vision for the Heathman’s Tea Court Lounge, which used to offer an English-style high tea with buttermilk scones…


Steer clear of scammers

 About 25 Wondering Jews gathered one November evening to learn how to stay out of the clutches of scammers. Part of the Oregon Department of Justice’s mission is to prevent fraud and protect Oregonians. The DOJ is led by Ellen Rosenblum, the state’s first Jewish and first female attorney general. In November, her Director of…

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